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Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

To increase your odds of a successful business startup, download this step-by-step business plan template you can use to plan for your new business. Read more

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Startup Expenses

Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this... Read more

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Module 1 - Startup Basics

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this module will teach you the basics. You will learn whether business ownership is right for you. Read more

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Preparing for your SCORE Appointment

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Preparing for your appointment is optional, but if you do a little beforehand it greatly enhances the effectiveness of your mentoring session and you maximize the mentor’s ability... Read more

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Strategic Thinking

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Slide presentation outlining key considerations in strategic thinking for your business. Read more
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SBA Program Reference Guide

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A handy, one-page reference guide to SBA programs Read more
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Personal Financial Statement

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This Excel spreadsheet is a template for creating a personal financial statement. Read more
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NITEC Forum Guideline

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Developed by the Northern Illinois Technology Enterprise Center,  Entrepreneurs  should use this outline when seeking investor funding. Read more
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Buying a Small Business

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The advantages to purchasing an existing business- plus steps to take during the process. Read more
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Understanding Credit Scoring

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Credit worthiness is evaluated by lending institutions with the assistance of credit scoring. Read more
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The ABCs of Borrowing (through traditional lenders)

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This article describes types of lending available through traditional sources, and what lenders will be evaluating. Read more
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Choosing the Right Bank

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What to know in choosing a financial institution.  What to look for and what services are offered. Read more
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12 month sales forecast

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Excel spreadsheet for 12 month sales forecast Read more
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Opening Day Balance Sheet

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Excel spreadsheet for opening day balance sheet Read more
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Start-up expense worksheet

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Excel spreadsheet for start-up expenses Read more

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